Grant & Nonprofit Support
General Grant Information
The Toledo Lucas County Public Library offers a collection of materials and services in support of nonprofit organizations. Our staff is ready to help you:
- Find funding
- Start a nonprofit
- Research prospective donors
- Develop a strategic or fundraising plan
Need help getting started? Email our Small Business and Nonprofit Department or call 419.214.6131 to set up an appointment.
Our Grants Specialist can also do a personalized grants search for nonprofit organizations and individuals. Simply complete this FORM and your results will be emailed back to you.
Small Business and Nonprofit Assistance Sessions
We're bringing our small business and nonprofit know-how to Library locations throughout Lucas County. Each month, you’ll find business and nonprofit specialist librarians at:
Mott: First Tuesday | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Kent: Second Tuesday | 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Locke: Second Tuesday | 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Heatherdowns: Third Tuesday | 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sanger: Fourth Tuesday | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Receive assistance with business plans, industry and donor research, nonprofit grants, and more!
45-minute appointments are available. Schedule an appointment to get started.Questions? Contact us!
- Association of Fundraising Professionals (Northwest Ohio Chapter)
- Center for Nonprofit Resources
- Grant Professionals Association
- Greater Toledo Community Foundation
Starting a Nonprofit
- Start a nonprofit in Ohio
- Applying for Tax Exempt Status with IRS
- Register with Ohio Attorney General’s Office
Nonprofit Management Resources
Grant Funding Resources
- Government Funding:
- Individual Funding:
- Grants for Individuals, compiled by Michigan State University Libraries
- Grants to Individuals by Candid (Main Library Only)
- Private Funding:
Business Development Programs
Foundation Directory Online
Foundation Directory Online covers information on all 220,000 U.S. Foundations. It's the smartest, fastest way to win more funding by providing the most exhaustive and up-to-date knowledge and insight on the social sector to fuel any fundraising mission.
Gale Legal Forms
Provides a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also includes a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.
Third-Party Provider: Gale
LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com)
LinkedIn Learning offers unlimited access to a library of over 100,000 high-quality, current, and engaging video tutorials as part of over 13,000 courses taught by recognized industry experts in seven languages.
Third-party Provider: LinkedIn Learning
Mergent Intellect offers a unique opportunity to access private and public U.S and international business data, industry news, facts and figures, executive contact information, the ability to access industry profiles and much more. The database is searchable by advanced criteria and resources are able to be downloaded and printed.
Third-Party Provider: Mergent Inc
Reference Solutions (Formerly ReferenceUSA)
Reference Solutions is a powerful online reference and research tool providing library cardholders instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on U.S. businesses (59 million) and U.S. residents (310 milliion).
Reference Solutions makes it faster and easier to find new business opportunities, research executives and companies, find news articles, conduct job searches, research papers, locate addresses and phone numbers, conduct market research and much more.
Third-Party Provider: Data Axle
Small Business Builder
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